We live in an age of preoccupation. You might have noticed this. Everyday is almost similar. You keep working harder and more things pile up for the next day, next week and next month. We all know that preoccupation is a never ending phenomenon. Yet, we fool ourselves. We tell ourselves that tomorrow will be better. We’ll get more time to do that favorite project, write an article or plan for that long vacation. Unfortunately, that tomorrow never comes.
For instance, I was pushing writing this article for a very long time. But after giving a thought to it, I realized that today is crazy like every other day. If I do not write this article today, it’s never going to get done.
And this could be dangerous.
Once the time period for a task elongates beyond a certain limit, it brings stagnation. It’s the exact opposite of momentum. Stagnation is a hard nut to crack. It can literally kill progress. Our brain doesn’t like it either. Unfinished actions eats up a lot of mental energy, leaving you starved with quality thoughts and actions.
Now that we know how dangerous Stagnation can be, how do we avoid it. More importantly, how do we get into the zone of creativity?
The answer is – By creating empty space.
When you create empty space in your routine, the brain gets into a whole another zone. It begins to think, process and churn out new ideas. It’s the sacred time when you are with your own thoughts and ideas.
How do you create empty space?
The key to create empty space is to leave your office and go out. Office is where things get done and you are in a hustle. So, it’s important to leave your office. (As far as possible, try avoiding going home too). Here are a few ideas I recommend to create empty space:
- Going for a walk
- Visiting a cafe with pen and paper
- Listening to a podcast
- Reading a book
You may find it uncomfortable at first. As soon as you create this space, you’ll begin to see the magic. Creative ideas and solutions will pop-up.
Here are the action steps to get started:
- Pick a 30 minutes slot from your workday (Do not mix it with your family time)
- Pick a place outside your workplace (walk in the nearby park, a cafe or simply a place where nobody can bother you)
- Pick an activity (listening to podcast/audio book, reading, paper planning)
Once you start doing this consistently, your mind will fuel new ideas and actions at a whole another level.
What you’ll discover is that your days will be as busy as they could be, but you’ll still find yourself thinking sharper and making better decisions. That’s when things begin to pick up and you start building momentum.
Do let me know your experience and breakthroughs from the zone of creativity!